2: Masters of Time and Space is a poor man's Ratchet
and Clank. It's an action platformer that delivers
plenty of gameplay diversity but at the expense of
cohesion. What we end up with is a perplexing amalgam
of moves, gadgets, puzzles, characters and situations
that don't blend. Imagine if you could hear every
individual voice in a choir instead of one, massive,
tries too hard to be offbeat. It ends up looking like
a pale imitation of games such as Ratchet and Clank,
Sly Cooper, Star Fox and Sonic. It features cutesy
characters, an assortment of weapons and gadgets,
puzzles, stealth and lots of platforming action. You
don't get to play as Blinx but you do get to play
as both warring sides.
is interesting is that you get to see the game from
each side's perspective which means there is really
no right and no wrong in the big picture. What is
not so great is that each side uses different abilities
to achieve their goals which means learning how to
manipulate a new control system which you may or may
not enjoy once you get the hang of it. The two sides
are vastly different and while it may seem like a
great idea at first, essentially having two games
in one, I found myself liking one side and hating
the other - a phenomenon that I can assure you is
not exclusive to myself. Why not let us have the ability
to play the entire game as one side or the other?
When we complete the game we can go back and try it
again as the other side if we desire. That seems to
make more sense.
two sides consist of pigs and cats. The pigs are called
the Tom Tom Gang and the cats are the Time Sweepers.
Both are out to collect the pieces of the Big Crystal.
There are plenty of other things to collect along
the way. The levels are loaded with collectibles but
you won't find weapons, armor or gadgets. You'll have
to purchase those at the shops.
cats are time manipulators. They are able to rewind,
fast forward, stop and even slow down time to accomplish
specific tasks. There are times when you will need
to rewind to get information that you may have missed
and other times you will have to slow time down in
a "bullet time" fashion to handle multiple
enemies. This is the fun side to play as opposed to
the pigs. They manipulate space. As such you will
be able to trap enemies in black holes and travel
through warp tunnels. These moves just don't seem
to work for me. They seem forced and unnatural within
the context of the game. Not to mention they also
feel sluggish to implement.
co-op through the single player levels is a lot more
fun than going it alone. I would only recommend this
game if it were a mandatory gameplay requirement.
With two people the game seems to make a little bit
more sense. You have two independent minds working
toward a single goal. Techniques that you don't particularly
care for may be traded. At the very least you can
compromise, making the game a more enjoyable experience
for each other. There is also a four-player split
screen mini game but truth be told, I just didn't
care to find two other people to play it. Even if
it is great, it's not going to sell the game.
the game is sound. It's very solid. It can be fun
to play. On the easiest setting it's perfect for younger
or beginning gamers. While there are some good original
ideas the game as whole seems much too familiar. Each
character has a different look and personality but
they are typically stereotypically shallow. The humor
is a bit on the immature side - which should appeal
to young financial executives. The graphics are rife
with reflections and refractions.
Expect lots of detail such as shadows and smoothly
flowing particle effects. The voiceovers are good
and the music is a catchy blend of zany, Japanese,
cartoon, pop melodies. Enough adjectives for ya'?
2 is all in good lighthearted fun. If you're looking
for a little diversion in between this season's blockbusters,
you might consider renting this.